Boxster 987 - Roof sticking out?

Boxster 987 - Roof sticking out?

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mikefreer

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33 posts

106 months

Wednesday 20th August 2014
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So I picked up my new (to me) 987 Boxster S yesterday. When I test drove the car, I noticed that the convertible roof 'stuck out' from the guiding plastic arm at the side. The dealer (an independent) promised to fix it, and upon picking up the car the problem appeared to be solved. He said to leave the roof closed for a day or so, as he'd tightened one of the cables and it needed to settle in. I picked up the car, and left the roof closed for a day as requested. This evening I drove with the roof down, and upon closing it noticed that the same thing had happened. It's only on one side - pictures below.

I can go back to the dealer to get it fixed, but its a 100 mile + round trip and if it is fixable easily at home then I'd prefer to do that. Can anyone identify the issue? Is it simply the case that a cable needs tightening (and if so, how would a novice like me do that?!?) or is it something more serious?

In the mean time, any thoughts on whether the roof will be rain proof? The hood comes down on the outside of the guiding arm so I would guess so.

Thanks!




RichB

46,138 posts

255 months

Wednesday 20th August 2014
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It's the elastic inside the hood fabric that needs tightening or replacing. There's a few detailed threads about it on Boxa.net - you may need to register to read them. biggrin

http://www.boxa.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=6150...

https://sites.google.com/site/mikefocke2/convertib...




mikefreer

Original Poster:

33 posts

106 months

Wednesday 20th August 2014
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RichB said:
It's the elastic inside the hood fabric that needs tightening or replacing. There's a few detailed threads about it on Boxa.net - you may need to register to read them. biggrin

http://www.boxa.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=6150...

https://sites.google.com/site/mikefocke2/convertib...
Perfect, thanks. Looks a bit complicated for me so I might take it back to the dealer to have it fixed - but at least I know its nothing too serious!

Assume it's not going to leak in the interim though?!

RichB

46,138 posts

255 months

Wednesday 20th August 2014
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No, shouldn't leak, the Porsche dealer charged me £42 for the part to fix mine.

Edited by RichB on Thursday 21st August 23:01

jamesogt

371 posts

136 months

Thursday 28th August 2014
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As you close the roof stick your hand out the window and guide it in, takes almost zero pressure to help it in!

mikefreer

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33 posts

106 months

Thursday 28th August 2014
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Thanks all - I went to Trimmania near Wokingham on the recommendation of Northway Porsche. Fixed the passenger side and tightened the driver's side for £80. Good result.

funkyelise

64 posts

217 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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I have a similar issue on my 987 s. What did they do to fix it? Was it related to the cord cables that are fixed to the hood side rails roughly at the back top edge of the side windows. Mine are no longer joined to anything else!
Cheers

RichB

46,138 posts

255 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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Have you read the threads I posted in those links? I think it's all described in there.

funkyelise

64 posts

217 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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RichB - tried to look, yes, thanks for posting those. Just I had a look at mine and can't see how a new cable fits. No longer joined in between so no obvious routing for a new part. Think it's supposed to run from one side to the other? The little elastic loops seem ok...

RichB

46,138 posts

255 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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you should see something more like black elastic straps about 4cm side running across the roof, I think this is what pulls the canvas into shape as the roof shuts and (on mine at least) is what had come detached on the passenger side.

funkyelise

64 posts

217 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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Mine has something different gone I think. These are thin grey cord-like cables screwed to the sides which appear to then be joined to a section of elastic/bungee. Think it's one of the parts your link talks about - tensioner or fold placer - just can't see where to route a new one once I get the new part...

jamesogt

371 posts

136 months

Thursday 4th September 2014
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anonymous said:
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Then sit in the passenger seat and press the button with your right hand instead wink

mikefreer

Original Poster:

33 posts

106 months

Friday 5th September 2014
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From what I could gather from Trimmania, I'm not sure it would be worth trying to replace the parts yourself unless you were pretty handy with a spanner. They thought it meant having the whole roof off (sorry haven't gone through the link above in any detail so not sure if this is true or not).

They said on most cars you can simply tighten the elastic rather than replace it, which is a lot easier (and as I say, they will do it for £80).